Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

Social Science looks at why and how we live the way we do. The social sciences look at society and social behaviour to understand, explain, and change human behaviour to positively transform the lives of individuals, families and communities. Social Scientists work in diverse social environments to identify issues and develop strategies for solutions to social problems. Nationally and globally there is a demand for social scientists who are able to understand the complex and changing needs of societies in the face of technological, economic and social changes that constantly affect the smallest of communities to the largest of continents.

This degree

The UOW Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar) is a program for high-achieving students who intend to continue their studies through honours and research degrees. You will have access to a Dean's Scholar study space, invitations to attend School workshops and seminars and networking events. There's also the opportunity for casual employment in the UOW Faculty of Social Sciences, community research, or projects supervised by leading practitioners or scholars for 15 hours per year.

What you will study

You will study a common first year and you will also complete a mandatory Dean's Scholar-only subject relating to leadership in the social sciences. You can specialise in one of the majors the Bachelor of Social Science has to offer including:

Course information

Study area

Arts & Humanities, Geography, Health & Medicine, Psychology, Public Health, Social Sciences



Course Code




IB Score



3 years (6 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR Selection Rank of 90 or an IB of 32-33. This includes the effect of ATAR adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

You may be eligible for additional ATAR points, based on factors such as the subject areas you are studying, the area you live in (catchment), and equity and access schemes. Find out more about UOW's ATAR adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.


Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.
For international students applying for the Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar) course, an interview may also be required so that the student can demonstrate evidence of his/her high achieving academic ability and outline the ways in which he/she hopes to make a practical and scholarly contribution to transforming lives and communities.


The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.






On Campus

$12,408 (2018)

$74,448 (2018)

* Session fee(s) are for one session in 2018. The indicative total course tuition fee shown is an estimate based on normal course length and progression, and the 2018 tuition fee.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an auditionor individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



International students All other students.



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2018 Autumn


Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct):29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Integrate knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences and social science practice.
2 Consolidate and synthesise theoretical and practical knowledge of the dynamics of social systems and practices in different settings and apply this to their chosen speciality.
3 Inquire into the dynamics of particular social problems and practices using established social science protocols consistent with their speciality.
4 Inquire into and address ongoing learning needs.
5 Analyse unpredictable, complex problems, issues and situations; apply creative, logical and critical thinking skills; and form evidence-based judgements regarding possible solutions.
6 Articulate ideas using a wide range of techniques effective with different audiences, including experts and non-experts.
7 Work collaboratively with a range of people in different cultural, cross-cultural and regional contexts to best effect desired and desirable social change.
8 Recognise the importance of ethical practice, social responsibility, social justice and civic awareness when acting to resolve conflicts, address problems and respond to social and environmental challenges.
9 Construct an evidence based approach to identifying and developing their leadership potential as a social scientist in a changing world.

 Course Structure

The Bachelor of Social Science (Dean's Scholar) requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of subjects including: 

  1. all core subjects; and 
  2. a Social Science major; and
  3. a Social Science minor, or minor from the General Schedule of Minors; and
  4. additional elective credit points to complete the degree, if required.

Students must maintain a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 80% in each year of enrolment, from and including Year 2, to remain enrolled in the Dean's Scholar Program.

No more than 60 credit points of 100-level subjects shall be completed.

 Core subjects

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core subjects
Year 1
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2018/2019
GEOG121 Human Geography: Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
HAS 220 Becoming a Social Scientist: Interdisciplinary Competencies 6 Autumn
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
GEOG122 Human Geography: Living in a Material World 6 Spring
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
And one or both of:**
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
Year 2
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
HAS 202 ^ Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
HAS 233 Leadership, Scholarship and Social Change 6 Spring
And one or both of:
HAS 200 Social Justice in a World of Inequality 6 Autumn
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring


  • Students are advised to take SOC 103 if they are intending to complete a major or minor in Criminology, Social Policy or Sociology.
  • Students are advised to take HAS 130 if they are intending to complete a major or minor in Health Promotion, Public Health or Social Marketing. 
  • Students completing the Social Policy major or minor are advised to take HAS 202 in their first year of study.
  • Students in other majors should choose a subject according to their interests or planned minors.

^ Students completing the Social Policy major or minor are advised to take HAS 202 in their first year of study.

Majors (Delivery Locations)

All students must complete one of the following majors. The major should be selected at enrolment.

Minors (and delivery locations)

All students must complete a minor. Students may choose from this recommended list, or from the General Schedule of Minors.


Electives may be selected from any subject listed in the core, major and minor tables for the Bachelor of Social Science, or from the General Elective Subjects list.

The following career readiness electives are recommended:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 201 Work Health & Safety 6 Spring
HAS 347 Social Sciences Project 6 Spring

Recommended Social Science electives

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring

 For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.


An Honours program will be available from Spring 2018.  For further information refer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours).

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW Social Sciences is an innovative discipline giving you expertise in research, and practical knowledge of social systems and practices in diverse environments. Our Social Science academics are at the forefront of their specialisations. They're accredited professionals, published authors and respected researchers who are connected to their professional research networks. They take all this experience with them to the classroom to enrich and guide your learning experience.

Career opportunities
  • Archiving and Librarianship
  • Art & Design
  • Arts
  • Business Development & Administration
  • Community & Social Services
  • Consultancy
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Government Policy
  • Healthcare Policy & Management
  • Heritage Specialist
  • Historian
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology & Design
  • Journalism
  • Social Policy
  • Translation & Interpreting
  • Legal Work
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Media & Publishing
  • Politics
  • Production and Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Writing